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In 2003, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security partnered to declare October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Both agencies hoped that by dedicating an entire month to cybersecurity awareness, they could increase the nation’s ability to defend itself from online threats. As October draws closer, the two agencies have released the theme for the 12th annual event.
The main idea of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2015
The NCSA and the DHS have decided that National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2015 will focus on the idea of “Our Shared Responsibility.” The events and activities will be geared toward instructing business leaders, educators, government agencies and private citizens how to make cyberspace safer for everyone as a whole. The idea behind this initiative is that by teaching people to protect themselves online and to engage in smart cyber practices, the risk of cyberattacks decreases.
This year’s events
The NCSA and the DHS have broken the month down into the five calendar weeks. Week One will focus on the NCSA’s awareness campaign called STOP. THINK. CONNECT, which is also sponsored by the DHS. Week Two shifts attention from the individual to the workplace. During this period, NCSAM helpers will host events involving educating employees on cybersecurity best practices and making your workplace more digitally secure. Week Three’s goal is to help families discuss online safety practices and promote cybersecurity within the home. For those confused about the idea of the Internet of Things, Week Four may be the best week to tune into the NCSAM programming. This week is all about digital connectivity and how it is evolving. The final week of NCSAM is dedicated to increasing the number of cybersecurity professionals in the workforce.
In its article “Grooming the next cybersecurity professionals” the National Cybersecurity Institute wrote that cybersecurity is the only field in which the need for employees greatly outnumbers the actual availability of trained professionals. Few understand the importance of Week Five’s topic as well as NCI. This academic center is dedicated to the training of a stronger cybersecurity workforce. NCI hopes to encourage individuals to pursue careers in this field to help fulfill some of this need. Students enrolled at NCI have the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leaders and earn degrees in programs like Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in Cybersecurity Technology and Graduate Cybersecurity Management Certificate. For more information on these programs, visit NCI’s website.